Nutrition Degree Information and Handbooks
For doctoral students entering in Fall 2016, as described in the 2016 Student Handbook, programs of study will reflect the previous divisional structure. For doctoral students entering in Fall of 2017, individualized programs of study will be developed through a mentored process and will ensure strong, interdisciplinary training with a focus on critical thinking across the full spectrum of nutrition science, including biochemistry and metabolism, clinical studies, epidemiology, interventions, and policy; plus in-depth training in a chosen area of specialty.
For more details, please see the letter from Dr. Melinda Beck (left). We also encourage you to browse brief descriptions of sample programs of study (left), and to explore faculty profiles to identify faculty members with whom you share common interests.
MPH Handbook for 2015-2016 (PDF)
Please see the MPH/RD program website below.
PHD Handbook for 2015-2016 (PDF)
Please see additional PhD information below.
Additional information for prospective MPH applicants:
Additional information for prospective PhD applicants:
It is very important that we learn of your interest in our program by November 1 in order to be considered in the first wave of admissions. For details about expressing interest please see the Open Letter to Prospective PhD candidates below.
- NUTR PHD Prospective Letter-Dr. Beck
- Sample NUTR PhD Programs of Study
- Special Opportunities for Doctoral Students at the NRI
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Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Find out more: click link(s) below to view more details about your program(s) of interest. See our School’s tuition and fees page for related information.
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Doctoral Program > Show Details
Students develop research and teaching skills in nutrition through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations to prepare them for careers in scientific research or teaching at universities, federal or state agencies, industry or private research institutions. Students may minor in other fields, such as Epidemiology.
Master's Programs > Show Details
Provides graduates with a strong background in: the science and practice of public health; the science of human nutrition and food science; and nutrition programs and services. Classroom experience is augmented by a final block field experiences.
Provides students with increased knowledge in nutrition additional skills in laboratory research.
Provides graduates with a strong background in: the science and practice of public health; the science of human nutrition and food science; and nutrition programs and services. Classroom experience is augmented through concurrent and block field experiences. Completion of the MPH w/ RD component prepares a student for the passage of the dietetic registration RD exam.
Undergraduate Program > Show Details
Combines the study of the biochemical, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences
Certificate Programs > Show Details
Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health. Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.
This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.